Unemployment and Domestic Violence: Theory and Evidence

38 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2013

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Dan Anderberg

University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Helmut Rainer

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute

Jonathan Wadsworth

University of London - Royal Holloway College

Tanya Wilson

University of London - Royal Holloway College

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Date Written: June 30, 2013

Abstract

Is unemployment the overwhelming determinant of domestic violence that many commentators expect it to be? The contribution of this paper is to examine, theoretically and empirically, how changes in unemployment affect the incidence of domestic abuse. The key theoretical prediction is that male and female unemployment have opposite-signed effects on domestic abuse: an increase in male unemployment decreases the incidence of intimate partner violence, while an increase in female unemployment increases domestic abuse. Combining data on intimate partner violence from the British Crime Survey with locally disaggregated labor market data from the UK’s Annual Population Survey, we find strong evidence in support of the theoretical prediction.

Keywords: domestic violence, unemployment

JEL Classification: J120, D190

Suggested Citation

Anderberg, Dan and Rainer, Helmut and Wadsworth, Jonathan and Wilson, Tanya, Unemployment and Domestic Violence: Theory and Evidence (June 30, 2013). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4315, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2291900

Dan Anderberg

University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics ( email )

Royal Holloway College
Egham
Surrey, Surrey TW20 0EX
United Kingdom

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

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Germany

Helmut Rainer (Contact Author)

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) - Ifo Institute ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, 01069
Germany

Jonathan Wadsworth

University of London - Royal Holloway College ( email )

Tanya Wilson

University of London - Royal Holloway College ( email )

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